Macomb jail guards cleared in 2004 death

Guards at the Macomb County Jail can not be held liable in the 2004
death of a man who was locked up for failing to pay child support, a
federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The U.S. 6th Circuit
Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by a federal judge in Detroit and
granted qualified immunity to six jail officers in a lawsuit brought by
the family of Charles Kevin Jones.

The appeals court said there
was no evidence the guards were deliberately indifferent to the medical
needs of Jones, who died after suffering a severe asthma attack while
serving a 35-day sentence at the jail.

The federal lawsuit in Detroit can continue against two nurses who worked for a jail contractor, the appeals court ruled.

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